The older I get, the more I value sleep!! I used to pride myself on being able to get 4 hours of sleep when I was a teenager. I could basically pull off a booming social life, straight A's & high school dance team without sleeping a wink, BUT NOT ANYMORE. Too be & feel my very best I need 8-10 hours. Anything less than 8 hours... it's realllllyyy hard for me to get out of bed. I know all of you with kids are laughing at me! Trust me, I'm terrified to be a sleep deprived mother.
One thing that helps me get to sleep faster & STAY sleeping until my alarm goes off is a white noise machine!! I have THIS specific noise maker & have been loving it for 5+ years. It has so many different sounds & you can control the volume. It even has a timer if you just need it to help you fall asleep but don't want it running all night long. I also love how compact it is. SO easy to travel with. I always throw it in my backpack with my laptop & bring it on trips with me.
Let's talk about WHY you need to get a white noise machine TODAY!!!
Like I said earlier, it helps me get to sleep!! I am an avid over thinker & it has costed me many sleepless nights. I over think the deep stuff & silly things. For example, when I go on a big shopping spree, I'm so excited about all the things I bought that my creative brain just puts outfits together all night. Weird, I know! When I turn on my noise machine (my favorite sounds are stream, ocean & campfire) I am able to better tune into the sounds & my breathing, & then disconnect from my thoughts. It really helps me get to bed & fall asleep faster!
My noise machine also helps me STAY asleep!! I'm not a light sleeper by any means but my husband does snore. I've never woken up in the night when our noise machine has been on. If your partner or roommate snores, YOU NEED one of these!!!
This tiny little noise maker is the best travel buddy. It fits in any bag (you really could even fit it in your purse) & helps me get to bed no matter where I'm sleeping. You can't always control your sleeping conditions or the noise around you when you are traveling so having a noise maker is always a safe bet & it saves your phone battery so you don't have to play sounds on an app or play music all night.
The last reason why I really feel like this little sound box is worth every penny is that it helps set the tone for your day. Your alarm goes off (make sure you pick an alarm sound that doesn't instantly spike your cortisol) & it's time to start your day. I love having these water sounds going in the background as I get up & get ready. It helps keep my mind calm & collected as I prepare for my day.
Want to elevate your experience further?? Get a diffuser going & flip on a salt rock lamp. Those are two other things that I just really feel like get me sleepy!! For my diffuser I always put in lavender oil at night. THIS is the diffuser that has been on my wish list for years so live my dream for me & pick it up. One day I'll make the plunge. My favorite essential oil brand is Butterfly Express!
We all deserve the best night sleep possible. Try out a white noise machine & let me know what you think!! Here are a few other wellness posts you may like: